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Dogs are naturally better equipped for winter than humans—with fur coats and all-terrain paws—but snowy, icy winters can cause quite a bit of damage to a dog’s paws.
Water can freeze between the paw pads, creating balls of ice that damage the foot. Salts and de-icing chemicals can burn the pads and pose health risks if your dog licks her paws after a walk. And the cold, snowy ground cover can cause drying and cracking.